Thursday, 18 April 2013
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
But sometimes, moving house means finding things. Wonderful surprises that had been packed away in a box full of unfinished projects.
These pieces are gelatin monoprints, collage stitched with papers, buttons and trims.
The next step in the process is to hand stitch the leaf elements.
Linda Germain has a wonderful blog, Printmaking Without A Press, with everything you could ever want to know about Gelatin Monoprinting. Check it out.
Monday, 25 February 2013
This fiber art wall hanging was inspired by an antique postcard of this darling alpine couple and the poem:
"Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again."
Written by an unknown author, these words have certainly resonated with me as I'm sure they would with anyone who has had to move away from dear friends and loved ones.
I designed my Quiltchens (German slang for small art quilts) around the inspiration of Old World Europe where I lived for most of my life. The colors and patterns of old tapestries, the textures of crumbling buildings, and strong cultural traditions that have all survived the centuries find a place in each one of these small works of art.
"Goodbyes Are Not Forever"
12"x15" - image transfer, vintage fabrics, paper, buttons
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Friday, 5 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
A small stitched fiber and paper collage I worked on before the holidays. I don't recall how this photo found its way to me. It's not from my own family but from someone's forgotten history.
Monday, 29 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Here's a quilt started about a year ago, needing some attention to get it finished.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
And, thanks to the support I've been getting in regards to my drawing, I will show you a drawing of the courtyard very soon. I am taking to heart all the advice I get and I will practice, practice, practice.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Changing this attitude after half a lifetime is something I have been wanting to do. Not drawing has affected a great deal of my creative efforts, and not in a good way. There are so many creative ideas I have that would really benefit if I would just pick up a pencil, pen, crayon, or lipstick and draw with them! So, this has been one of my personal challenges this year - to not say, "I can't draw." Instead, I would like to embrace the concept of "This is how I draw." I want to try to recover that quality children have of just doing. It may not be the greatest technique or style, but it will be my technique and my style.
This pencil drawing will be continued...
Saturday, 18 April 2009
So, you remember that when I started my new studio space looked something like this
Going in too many directions without a central focus, I didn't even know where to begin. I've changed that. I've really taken a good hard look at all the things cluttering up my studio and in so doing have been able to put my finger on what direction I really want to go. All those bits and pieces that haven't been put to any useful purpose in years are now going, going, gone. And I've ended up with something more like this
I truly do love order, despite my slobbish tendencies.
I also love the view out the new studio windows. Although just a small courtyard, it really gives me a wonderful, warm feeling. And on a sunny day, I have a small table and chairs to sit and enjoy a break from my studio work.
I did buy some new pieces of furniture but not everything is new. And I kept much of the organizational supplies that I already had (i.e. storage boxes). What I tried to do though, when it came to the storage boxes, was to maintain some symmetry with them. I didn't like boxes of every shape and size just scattered about the room.
And by really editing the supplies that I knew I wanted to keep for specific needs my shelves don't feel overcrowded now.
If you've got photos of your own studio to share, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
A Quiltchen that I made about 5 years ago. I thought about re-working it but changed my mind. I'd like to leave it as is so that I can remember where I was in my work back then, and so that I will be reminded that I don't have to make the same mistakes twice.